Kent lifts beef ban for school kids

19 January 1999

Kent lifts beef ban for school kids

By FWi staff

COUNCILLORS in Kent have lifted a ban preventing 200,000 of school children from eating British beef after local government leaders urged them to “Buy British”.

The Local Government Association last night called on other local authorities to follow suit and drop a self-imposed ban on serving British beef to children.

More than 70 local councils continued to refused serving British beef to their schoolchildren, despite last years lifting of the worldwide ban on British beef exports.

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  Farmers Weekly Interactive reported last November how thousands of children were being deprived the opportunity to eat any British beef products.

But the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for local councils to consider sourcing all food from Britain, rather than importing supplies from abroad.

It hopes that lifting the beef ban and buying other food from Britain will prove popular with parents and local businesses, and save the jobs of hard-up farmers.

“This is a very difficult time for our farmers and the whole of British agriculture,” said Alison Clish-Green, chairwoman of the LGAs rural commission.

“That is why I am calling on all 450 councils throughout England and Wales to look at using more British produce.”

Farmers leaders described the Buy British campaign as a significant show of support for farmers and growers.

“Local authorities are responsible for the buying decisions of millions of people in Britain,” said Ben Gill, president of the National Farmers Union.

“We hope they all respond to the LGAs call by ordering the best of British every time.”

The NFUs Proud to Serve British campaign urges food providers to source British produce where possible.

It hopes to see more British ingredients on the menus served up by local authorities in schools, canteens and through community services.

NFU campaigners say their supporters range from local café owners to big name businesses including McDonalds, Booker Foodservice, and County Hotels.

  • Schoolkids still denied British beef, FWi, 01 December 1998

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